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Hi Ladies!

Sew What is gearing up for the upcoming events!

FAT QUARTER TUESDAY is February 28 this year.  The store will be open from 9am-7pm.  All the fat quarters will be only $1.75.  Please note that this special Fat Quarter Tuesday price has not increased in ten years!  It’s quite a deal, and you should definitely take advantage of it.  We have been cutting and folding, cutting and folding, cutting and folding for a month now, and we have literally thousands of Fat Quarters to offer you.  
We will have a fully stocked clearance section, and the remnant section has been filled up. Come see what you cannot live without and get a great bargain price.  
 
Also, we are very excited about our Spring Seminar Spectacular 2017.  The dates for this fun event is April 26-29, 2017.  It’s in a new location this year, the Best Western Hotel on Transit Road in Lockport.  It will be much closer for those of you in the Southtowns.  We have an awesome lineup of classes this year, and we are very excited about our wonderful teachers.  The classes will be $58.00 if you take one class, but you will get a little break on price if you take more than one class.  Two or more classes will be $54.00 each.  Lunch will be included in this price.  The Best Western does have a special room rate, only $79.00 per night if you sign up by March 26.  Why not grab a couple of girlfriends and make a retreat weekend out of it?  Sounds like fun to me!  
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the classes from the seminar class list.
 
Here’s  the full seminar class list:
Questions? or to sign up for classes, call Sew What at 716-632-8801

Hi Ladies!!

I have been very remiss in my attempts to write an actual newsletter.  I have been relying  on short emails and Facebook messages to keep you all informed.  I know that really isn’t enough, but I have not taken the time to write an appropriate newsletter in a long time. My apologies, I have no excuse.  There has been so much going on here n the store that I had to break down and spend a few moments to write out an actual newsletter, so here goes:

 

We have tons and tons of new fabrics.  We even had to buy an additional shelving unit to hold it all!  So, if you haven’t stopped by the store in a while, it’s worth a few minutes of your time.  New licensed lines include Harry Potter (!), Pokemon, Trolls, Jetsons, with  Toy Story,  Bambi and Lilo and Stitch arriving soon.

 

This spring, we have several events going on that you need to know about.  One is, of course, FAT QUARTER TUESDAY.  This year, FAT QUARTER TUESDAY IS ON FEBRUARY 28.  We will be open from 9-7pm, and we will keep all the fat quarters at the old stand-by price of $1.75.  We have many, many, new fabrics and they will all be available for your shopping pleasure on February 28.

 

 

Also, this spring, we will be again co-hosting the Spring Seminar Spectacular with Heartland Quilt Shop.  We have an awesome lineup of teachers and classes and are very excited for a really fun event.  This year, the Spring Seminar Spectacular will be held on April 26-29, at a new location, The Best Western Hotel in Lockport, on Transit Road.  The location is new from last year, and will be considerably closer for those of you in the Southtowns.  The Best Western Lockport Hotel will be offering our participants a special room rate, in case you would like to stay over and make a retreat out of it.  The special rate is $79.99, using the code Spring Seminar 2017, and these room must be booked by March 26, 2017.  After that date the room rate will go up to $119.99 per night.  So why not plan to grab a couple girlfriends and take several classes?  Make a event out of our event!  Sounds like fun to me!!!

 

The Seminar classes will all be from 9:30am to 3:30pm.  Lunch will be included.  Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions at the time of sign up.   We will have all quilts and projects for the classes on display at the two shops by January 28, and sign up will begin on that day.  January 28 is also Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, so if you come in to register, you will also be able to enjoy 25% off anything you buy on that day.  That’s right, Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day is January 28, and we will have 25% off everything in the store from 10-3pm.

 

 

Don’t forget to check out our Etsy Shop.  Most of our stock is available through Etsy.   If  you don’t have time to shop while our doors are open, you can still get our yummy goods in the mail, by shopping while in your jammies.

 

Now, that was the best newsletter I’ve written in 6 months!!!

 

 

Can’t wait to see you on the 28TH!

Ann

Seminar Class List:

http://sewwhatquiltshop.com/pdf/2017.Seminar.Class.List.pdf

ETSY SHOP:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewWhatQuiltShop

Hi Girls!

I hope everyone is doing well.  I have a lot of things going on in the store right now, so I thought I would try to keep you all informed.  First of all, we are switching to SUMMER HOURS as of Memorial day.  We will be open Mon-Thurs 10-5, Friday 10-4 and Saturday 10-3.  Of course, if you are unable to stop by when we are open, you can always call, and make an appointment and I will try to meet your needs.

 

Sew What will be participating in the Great Shop Hop Adventure in early June.  The dates are: June 8-11.  Hours are: Wednesday and Thursday, 9-7, Friday and Saturday 9-5. There is an awesome sewing machine as a grand prize. It’s a Babylock “Katherine” and has a retail value of $1799!!!!  That’s a great prize! There are lots of gift certificate prizes, and a giveaway of a spool of thread from each shop.  Check out the Great Shop Hop Adventure Facebook page for details about participants, or simply give us a call.

 

Sew What is also participating in the Row by Row Shop Hop, now entering it’s sixth year. )  The Row by Row Shop Hop is now nationwide, including all 50 states as well as most of Canada.   It’s like a shop hop, but it’s not… no fees, no cards to stamp, and all summer to play! Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows! This year’s theme is “Home Sweet Home”.   Once again, Sew What will have the most unique row…no birdhouses for us!! (Think Big) Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2016 rows from 8 different 2016 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize! You have until October 31 to hand in your quilt for prizes.

 

Don’t forget we have a Tuesday Morning “HELP” class every Tuesday from 10-2.  The fee is $10, and you do not need to make an appointment.  Need some help, or just some time to work on your project?  Come join us any Tuesday.

 

We have embraced our ‘Techie’ side and have been selling on ETSY.  Check us out, we have been putting most of our new stock online right away.  If you can’t find time to browse in person, our Etsy shop can still keep you up to date on our new merchandise!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewWhatQuiltShop

 

Quilting on the Bayfront was such a success last fall that we will be participating again.  The dates are September 12-17, and will be held at the Convention Center in Erie PA, just a short ride down the Thruway.  Guest speakers will be Jenny Doan, Annette Ornelas from Southwind designs, Linda Hall, and Kimberbell Designs.  There’s a workshop on Monday and Tuesday and the largest quilt show in the area from Wednesday to Saturday.  Check out www.quiltingonthebayfront.com for more details.  It was lots of fun last year and I’m sure it will be lots of fun again!!

 

Any questions, just give a call!

The girls at Sew What?

Ann, Freddie, Lauren, and Barb

The Spring Class schedule is ready!! We have some wonderful quilts to share with you, including 3D Tumbling Blocks class, and the Upsey Daisy Quilt, one of my personal favorites! Our Basics by Machine class is a 7 week tutorial on all sorts of skills to make you a well rounded quillter, including paper piecing and machine applique. We will also be running our machine quilting class this month, everyone can pick up a few hint in that class. Check out our class list here! http://sewwhatquiltshop.com/?cat=7

 

We are planning a fun Christmas in July event cooperatively with another quilt shop for July 16-18. There will be a big sale on Christmas fabric, demos with lots of kits available, and a progressive class (start at one shop, finish at the other). Sounds like something different and fun! More information to follow in next month’s newsletter.

 

I went to MQX in New Hampshire! What a good time. I had never been to MQX before, it was quite eye opening. MQX focuses on the machine quilting aspect of the project. There were lots of classes and there was a really nice quilt show that accompanied those classes. I took a bunch of classes on how to work my upgraded longarm, and boy, did I learn a lot! My teacher is a Beta Tester for Gammill, so she really knew her stuff! I can’t wait to have a chance to play and test out what I learned. Some very well known teachers were there, including Karen McTavish and Leah Day. You should consider attending next year! Manchester New Hampshire is a wonderful little college town. There is another MQX in Springfield, Illinois in September. Check out the website at www.mqxshow.com

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The Row by Row Shop Hop has been expanded and improved. This summer long, cooperative event has been very successful and lots of fun in the past. This year, the dates are from June 21st through September 8th. The extended dates are to accommodate graduation traveling as well as labor day traveling. All 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces are participating this year! The theme is water/H20. Our row has been designed and made, and I have to say, I like it a lot! Our row is 8” high and all the rows are 36” long. The idea is to collect rows from the quilt shops in your area, as well as encouraging people to visit quilt shops while on their summer travels. ALL PATTERNS SHOULD BE GIVEN AWAY FOR FREE. Some shops will have made up kits to accompany their free patterns, but the patterns themselves are free. The patterns are fun to collect and often have a local theme to them. You, as a participant, make a lap quilt that includes at least 8 different rows. If you are the first person to show up with a finished, quilted and bound quilt at a participating quilt shop, that shop will give you a prize of 25 Fat Quarters. If you use the row from the shop where you show your quilt, then you get a BONUS PRIZE! The shops may ask to ‘borrow’ your quilt for a bit, to show it off, but it will be returned to you. If you choose not to do that, it is not a requirement, it would not prevent you from winning. Each shop participating will have only one winner, so first come, first served. I do believe some shops from last year never got any winners.
I have received a notice from Know How Tours that they are offering bus tours to several of the upcoming quilting events: A Day in St. Jacob’s, St Jacob’s Ontario, Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, Friday May 29. Quilt related activities include several galleries, a merchant mall, several wonderful specialty shops and restaurants. Genesee Valley Quilt Fest in Rochester, Saturday June 6, the largest quilt show in NYS. AQS Quilt Show in Syracuse on July 30, and Quilting on the Bayfront in Erie PA on Saturday September 12. Several of these tours include a meal, and all the prices are very reasonable. Book online at www.KnowHowTours.com or by phone at 716-649-9694. Pick up places are conveniently located at the Eastern Hills Mall or at Tops in West Seneca. Why not get a couple of friends together, make a day of it and have someone else do the driving!

 

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, we will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about a pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you would like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.

 Upcoming Events

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quilt Fest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at www.GeneseeValleyQuiltfest.com or www.GVQC.org
Display of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!

Erie 2015 Quilt Celebration
Hands All Around Erie Quilt Guild
Saturday June 13-Sunday June 14, 2015
Villa Maria Campus
2551 W 8th Street
Erie PA
Quilting At The Bayfront
September 11, 12, & 13, 2015
Friday and Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-2pm
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie PA 16507
Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

The Spring Class schedule is ready!! We waited until the worst of the winter weather is over and we are running this schedule through the summer, hoping to be able to satisfy the needs of teachers, who only have the summer in which to play! We have some wonderful quilts to share with you, including a Lemoyne Star Stack and Whack, 3D Tumbling Blocks class, and the Upsey Daisy Quilt, one of my personal favorites! I am already getting to work on the fall schedule for classes too. Make sure: if you would like to be taught something you let me know and maybe I can get it on the schedule to suit your needs.

I am going to MQX in New Hampshire! I am very excited. You may remember I upgraded my longarm to a Statler Stitcher last year. I am looking forward to learning some new tricks and hints that I can make use of on my longarm. I am taking 7 classes, and can not wait! 🙂

The Clarence Quilt Show, and the Twin Cities Quilt show are both this month too. See the information listed below. The Twin Cities is at a new location, I’ve heard they will have lots more room for quilts and are expecting a wonderful show. I am vending at the Clarence show, it has always been one of my favorites, being a Clarence High School graduate. I hope to see you there!!

The Row by Row Shop Hop has been expanded and improved. This year, the dates are from June 21st through September 8th. The extended dates are to accommodate graduation traveling as well as labor day traveling. All 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces are participating this year! The theme is water/H20. Our row has been designed and made, and I have to say, I like it a lot!

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, we will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about a pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

 

Upcoming Shows and Events

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you would like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com

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Clarence Log Cabin Quilters
April 24, 25, and 26, 2015
Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11-4pm
Clarence Town Park Clubhouse
10405 Main Street
Clarence NY 14031
more information 716-759-6683
Celebration of Color
Twin City Quilters’ Guild
April 18 and 19, 2015
Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4
Gratwick Hose Fire Hall
110 Ward Road (rt 429)
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Accepting donations for the food pantry in exchange for $1 off admission
Shear Mobility Scissor Sharpening available while you wait!
www.twincityquiltersguild.org

 

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quiltfest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at www.GeneseeValleyQuiltfest.com or www.GVQC.org
Dislay of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!

Erie 2015 Quilt Celebration
Hands All Around Erie Quilt Guild
Saturday June 13 9am-4pm
Sunday June 14 12-4pm
more information (814)490-8768
Villa Maria Campus
2551 W 8th Street
Erie PA
Quilting At The Bayfront
September 11, 12, & 13, 2015
Friday and Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-2pm
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie PA 16507

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

 

Fat Quarter Tuesday was a lot of fun!  We sold thousands of fat quarters, and had lots of winners!  Among the winners were Cheryl Milka, Becky Moe, Debbie Lewis, Sue Skinner, Jan Farrell, and Linda Yates. We gave away 3 baskets full of goodies and 3 fat quarter bundles. Everyone was so excited to get their goodies! Please remember that we have lots of Fat Quarters left, so when in need of a bit of something to finish out that color palette, come check out our fabulous selection! Next year, Fat Quarter Tuesday is on February 9!

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Have you met our new helper?  Freddie is a year old now, and very gentle and sweet. She can help you figure out what fabrics are appropriate for your next project!  She’s a bit nosey, so if you are squatting down picking out fabric, Freddie will definitely give you her opinion.  Usually, her opinion goes something like this; “Who cares what color fabric…don’t you want to pet me?”

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We are starting to look at the Spring Class schedule.  We have some wonderful quilts to share with you, including a Lemoyne Star Stack and Whack and the 3D Tumbling Blocks class.  Our spring schedule starts in April, and watch for emails for the updated class list.

 

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00.  Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next.  With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project!  Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, we will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about a pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

 

Upcoming Shows and Events

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you would like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com

 

Quilt Fever 2015

Etobicoke Quilter’s Guild
March 27,28, and 29, 2015
Fri and Sat 10-5
Sunday 10-4
Neilson Park Creative Center
56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke Ontario
(416) 622-5294

www.Etobicoke QuiltersGuild.com

 

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Clarence Log Cabin Quilters
April 24, 25, and 26
Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11-4pm
Clarence Town Park Clubhouse
10405 Main Street
Clarence NY 14031
more information 716-759-6683

 

Celebration of Color

Twin City Quilters’ Guild
April 18 and 19, 2015
Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4
Gratwick Hose Fire Hall
110 Ward Road (rt 429)
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Accepting donations for the food pantry in exchange for $1 off admission
Shear Mobility Scissor Sharpening available while you wait!

www.twincityquiltersguild.org

 

The Universe of Quilts

Genesee Valley Quiltfest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm

Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at www.GeneseeValleyQuiltfest.com or www.GVQC.org
Dislay of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!

 

Erie 2015 Quilt Celebration     

Hands All Around Erie Quilt Guild
Saturday June 13 9am-4pm
Sunday June 14 12-4pm
Villa Maria Campus
2551 W 8th Street
Erie PA
more information (814)490-8768

 

Quilting At The Bayfront

September 11, 12, & 13, 2015
Friday and Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-2pm
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie PA 16507

 

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

 

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Happy Anniversary to Us! Happy Anniversary to Us! Happy Anniversary, Dear Sew What! Happy Anniversary to Us!!! January 10, 1990 was the day Sew What opened our doors, and we have been going strong ever since! My brother was my first customer (he bought a cross stitch leaflet, and promptly donated it back to the store). Those first couple of years were a little rough, but we have made it for a full 25 years and we still open the doors every morning! To help celebrate this milestone, I would like to offer you, my loyal customers, a fabulous deal. From Wednesday January 7 through Wednesday January 14, you can get 25% off your total sale. We all know how much Ann hates to have sales, so this is a rare event!! Come help us celebrate 25 years in business!

 

Mark your calendars!! Fat Quarter Tuesday is February 17, 2015. All Fat quarters are $1.75 on that day. We will have extended hours, open from 9-7pm and there will be specials and drawings all day long. The anniversary sale’s 25% off discount is nothing compared to the savings on Fat Quarter Tuesday! $1.75 is actually 42% off the regular price! Wow! That’s practically giving them away!! We usually have 10,000 fat quarters from which to choose.

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We are starting to look at the Spring Class schedule and are looking for teachers and ideas. Is there a quilt you have been wanting to make but don’t know how? Ask us to give a class on it, and we will try to meet your needs. Or maybe you have something you have made that was a lot of fun to create. You could share it with a few others who share your passion for quilting, while making a little money on the side. Consider it! Our spring schedule starts in March, so keep checking the website and watch for emails for the updated class list.
Quilting Assistance
Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, we will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about a pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

Upcoming Events and Shows

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you would like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com

FAT QUARTER TUESDAY
Tuesday February 17, 2015
Sew What Quilt Shop
6816 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 632-8801
All fat quarters $1.75 and lots of specials and fun all day
Extended hours 9-7
Focus: Fiber 2014
Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery
September 26, 2014-January 18, 2015
A National Contemporary Fiber Art Show coordinated by the Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Focus: Fiber 2014 is a biennial, national, juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art, featuring tapestry, embroidery, quilts, basketry, weaving, and sculpture by American artists.

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quiltfest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at www.GeneseeValleyQuiltfest.com or www.GVQC.org
Dislay of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!
Quilting At The Bayfront
September 11, 12, & 13, 2015
Friday and Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-2pm
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie PA 16507

 

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

Hi everybody!

I hope you all made it through the big snowstorm unscathed. I usually love Buffalo weather, it’s fun and exciting, but you poor people who got hit with 70” must be kinda sick of snow, and we are just hitting December! There’s a long way to go before winter is over. I got stuck at home, which is better than getting stuck away from home, but I couldn’t get into work, as every north/south road was closed. So the store was closed for a couple days, I hope we didn’t inconvenience too many of you.

I trust everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving. At this time of year I like to reflect on the things for which I should be grateful. I am grateful for many, many things, one of which is this store. I have met some wonderful people over the years and I don’t know what I would do without you all. It so much fun to help people pick out fabrics for a new quilt. I love teaching new classes and sharing new techniques with people. The multitudes of creative projects I have seen over the years is inspiring. It sparks my own creativity and gets me excited to play with my own stash. I am currently playing with a scrappy green nickel quilt to give to my nephew for his high school graduation. I’ve been making great progress on it but wish I were further so I can start the next one! Don’t you feel the same way?

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We usually take inventory at the end of December, the week between Christmas and New Year. In anticipation of that, I would like to offer you a PRE-INVENTORY SALE to be held December 8-19. All books are 25% off, all notions and thread will be 20% off. We have stocked our remnant bins and have a few bolts of fabric on clearance for 50% off. Our skinny bolts have been restocked too. A skinny bolt is one that has 2-3 yards left on it (or less) and will be 25% off if you finish the bolt. The more you clear out of here, the less we have to count!!! Do your part and come help us take inventory!!

Also, Sew What will be having a big anniversary in January. We will be turning 25 years old! Be prepared to come in and help us celebrate! Next month’s newsletter will have the announcement of our Anniversary Sale. It’s a big anniversary, so it should be a big sale, don’t you agree?

Mark your calendars!! Fat Quarter Tuesday is February 17, 2015. All Fat quarters are $1.75 on that day. We will have extended hours, open from 9-7pm and there will be specials and drawings all day long.

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We are starting to look at the Spring Class schedule and are looking for teachers and ideas. Is there a quilt you have been wanting to make but don’t know how? Ask us to give a class on it, and we will try to meet your needs. Or maybe you have something you have made that was a lot of fun to create. You could share it with a few others who share your passion for quilting, while making a little money on the side. Consider it!
We are desperately looking for ‘Quilter’s of the Month’ for January and March, as well as a few months later in the spring. If you’re interested in becoming a Quilter of the Month, please call the store. There are perks! You get to enjoy 20% off anything you buy, all month long, while your quilts are on the wall. You get a CD with photos of the quilts. You’d be surprised at how wonderful your work looks when on display! You probably are thinking, “I don’t have enough projects to fill that space”, but after you look around your house and borrow some back that you have given as gifts, you would be able to give a nice display. If not, consider pairing up with a friend and putting both your quilts on the walls. You will both get the discount, and both get a CD! We really appreciate the diversity that each individual has among her own projects, and the diversity of projects from month to month with different people on the walls is even more amazing.

We made up more kits for the 3D tumbling blocks quilt after selling out at Chautauqua. That class is on Mondays December 8 and 15. It’s way easier than it looks! We’d love to have you join us.

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Upcoming Shows & Events

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you would like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com
FAT QUARTER TUESDAY
Tuesday February 17, 2015
Sew What Quilt Shop
6816 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 632-8801
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Extended hours 9-7
Focus: Fiber 2014
Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery
September 26, 2014-January 18, 2015
A National Contemporary Fiber Art Show coordinated by the Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Focus: Fiber 2014 is a biennial, national, juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art, featuring tapestry, embroidery, quilts, basketry, weaving, and sculpture by American artists.

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quiltfest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at www.GeneseeValleyQuiltfest.com or www.GVQC.org
Dislay of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!
Quilting At The Bayfront
September 11, 12, & 13, 2015
Friday and Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-2pm
Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie PA 16507

 

Quilting Assistance
Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, we will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about a pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

Shop News

We had a fun SHOPTOBERFEST, with lots of winners and a good time was had by all. We so enjoy this opportunity to work cooperatively with like minded shops. The idea behind shop hops is to get our own customers to see the other shops, and their customers to see us. That way, quilters can gather inspiration from ALL the cool shops in our area. Do you know how lucky we are in this area to have so very many wonderful shops so close to one another? Some areas only have one shop in a 100 mile radius. All the shop owners around here like to promote women in business, and build each other up. We all work together for the benefit of us all. The best part about having such a wealth of stores in WNY is this: each shop has its own unique flavor, its own unique ‘feel’. We here at Sew What? like to share the friendly, fun, atmosphere of creativity. We believe in helping people and trying to stay positive, even when the going gets tough. Some shops in the area have been having a rough time, some have had to close, some are having personal difficulties, some are having trouble between the partners, some are experiencing health problems. But all the shop owners are wonderful open minded people determined to build each other up and keep things positive. It’s really wonderful to see.

Deb Marshall from Tonawanda won the Janome sewing machine, congrats Deb!!   $50 Gift certificate winners from Shoptoberfest were: Marcy Colbert from Fillmore, Cindy Parker from Perry, Grace and her husband Don Jennings from Smithville Ontario both won. More winners are Lisa Kazmark from Centerville, Sharon Steiner from Perry, Nancy Cymerman from Eden, Gail Yanus from Rochester, Kaye West from Amherst, Donna Sorensen from Williamsville and Kathy Szweda from Fairport. $25 Gift Certificate winners are: Roz Giardina from Buffalo, Laurie Baldwin from Middleport, Pat Cose from Toronto, Francis Kisicki from Buffalo, Marty Held from North Tonawanda, Linda Fike from Clarence, Susan Laubacker from Newfane, Karen Hockwater from Cheektowaga, Joanne Cockle from Fillmore, Ann Marie Watson form Niagara Falls, and Bonny Bartel from West Seneca. Judy Freeman from Albion won the fat quarter assembly for filling out the survey.

Next year, the dates for Shoptoberfest will be October 20-24, mark your calendars!! Other events for next year’s calendar include Quilting at the Bayfront (formerly Quilting around Chautauqua): new location: Bayfront Convention Center in Erie PA, new date: September 10-13, 2015. Because this event conflicts with QQSH, there is a new date for Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop too: September 23-26, 2015.

 

I wasn’t really on my game with all the events and exciting things going on here at the store,. and I didn’t find a quilter of the month for November. (I’m still looking for December, January and February too…if you’re interested in becoming a Quilter of the Month, please call the store. There are perks!) So, in lieu of a Quilter of the Month, we are going to show some really good holiday decorations, which will hopefully inspire you to get out those holiday projects of your own and get them finished. Dig out those half made and almost ready to give away items and let’s get some things finished! Christmas is only 55 days away as of November 1st!!!

 

 

Consider joining us in the project class: Tuesday mornings during November. You can join the project class for only $10/week. You will get motivation and advice on how to finish (or start) that project that you are wanting to do. The project class has helped several of the ladies get an awful lot accomplished! One girl has finished 14 projects since April!!! Please call ahead and let me know if you are joining us.

 

Are your friends with us on Facebook? I hope so! If you aren’t you are missing out on some cool stuff. Recently. Timeless Treasures fabric was kind enough to post some really cool short videos about how fabric is printed. There’s not much explanation, but you can see how the dyes are added. Screen printing is the process of swiping a fabric with one color after another, until the design motif is completed. They completed roll of fabric can be several hundred yards long, which is then “doubled and rolled” and cut into the manageable bolts of 15-20 yards each. The videos are both short, and interesting.   Please watch! See the videos here:


See Darryl in our warehouse rolling a bolt of fun Cops n’ Robbers fabric Here:
Rolling a Bolt of Fabric

 

We made up more kits for the 3D tumbling blocks quilt after running out at Chautauqua. That class is on Mondays at the beginning of December. It’s way easier than it looks! We’d love to have you join us.

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NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

Ann Marie Zon from Swormville NY began working with Father Alfonso in Nicaragua more than 25 years ago. Since then, the people of Western New York have been extremely generous in supporting her work with the poor in the rural parts of the country. Your donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, school supplies, candles, sewing goods (such as fabrics, notions, and tools), bedding, hygiene products, carpentry tools, and so much more are distributed throughout the mid-eastern sectors of Nicaragua. Your generosity supports people of all ages, from infants to the elderly and everyone in between. Ann Marie sends 42 18-wheel containers per year. Recently, I was dropping off some stuff and the place was packed with donated items. A week later I stopped by and all the tables and garages were empty, another shipment had been sent! Your items are being put to good use. Please feel free to drop your donations here, and I will get them where they need to go, or you can drop the items off yourself, the address is: 10100 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051.

 

Upcoming Events

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com

 

Focus: Fiber 2014
Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery
September 26, 2014-January 18, 2015
A National Contemporary Fiber Art Show coordinated by the Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Focus: Fiber 2014 is a biennial, national, juried exhibition of contemporary fiber art, featuring tapestry, embroidery, quilts, basketry, weaving, and sculpture by American artists.

The Universe of Quilts
Genesee Valley Quiltfest 2015
June 5-7, 2015
Friday and Saturday 9-5pm
Sunday 9-4pm
Rochester Institute of Technology, Gordon Field House, Rochester NY
More information at www.GeneseeValleyQuiltfest.com or www.GVQC.org
Dislay of over 600 quilts, Jelly Roll contest, Fashion Show, Iron Quilter Contest.
Workshops/lectures/ demos
Over 60 vendors and best of all…free parking!

 

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, we will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about a pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.

 

Shop News

Hi Ladies! We had a really fun Quilter’s Quest Shop Hop, with lots of people through the door, and lots of winners!! We had 198 finishers and 17 prizes, so you had a one in eleven chance of winning! Hopefully someone you know won something. If not, next year you are bound to win!! The grand prize winner was Nadine Brinkworth of Cheektowaga. Marian Roessler from Lockport won the gas card, and all the following people were winners too: Mary Jane Shields, Susan Steinhaus, Annette Gruber, Kelly Urtel, Joan Malaney, Helen Condon, Henrietta Szumigala, Renee Judkins, Jennie Wiegle, Maxine Shimmel, Carol Breakley, Jeri Iannaccone, Cathy Hurysz, Gloria States, and Carol Rairie. Congratulations to all the winners, and again, THANK YOU all for participating!!!

 

Our fall class schedule is ready for you. It is a pretty small list of classes this time, but this fall’s list does include a few new offerings; a brand new purse class, a very beautiful Farmer’s Daughter Quilt, and a geometric 3D design made out of hexagons. We will also have a few old staples, like Basics By Machine, and the project class will be up and running on Tuesday mornings during October and November. Be sure to check it out!

Farmer’s Daughter                            3D Tumbler

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Shoptoberfest is a fun Shop Hop that is going on right now!!! September 30 through October 4th, 10-7 weekdays, 10-5 Saturday. There are shops on the Shoptoberfest hop that don’t participate in any other shop hop. So you must go and check everyone out! This is the shop hop with the fun Jumble game that can win you $250 gas card. The grand prize is a Janome 6600, MSRP $2499!!! There are eleven first place prizes of $50 gift certificates, and eleven second place prizes of $25 Gift certificates. You need to only go to 9 of the eleven shops to be entered to win the prizes, but you must have gone to the ‘mystery shop’ to be entered for the machine. The Mystery Shop is, well, a mystery. It won’t be chosen until the wrap up meeting. (It’s the sneaky shop-owners way to encourage you to go to all eleven shops!). Fabric on the bolt will be 15% off during the event, and most shops will have demos or other fun things to share. Come on and join us! Tuesday through Saturday, September 30-October 4. 10-7 weekdays and 10-5 Saturday. The participating shops are listed below in “Upcoming Events”

 

 NICARAGUA MISSION UPDATE:

Ann Marie Zon from Swormville NY began working with Father Alfonso in Nicaragua more than 25 years ago. Since then, the people of Western New York have been extremely generous in supporting her work with the poor in the rural parts of the country. Your donations of clothing, household goods, furniture, school supplies, candles, sewing goods (such as fabrics, notions, and tools), bedding, hygiene products, carpentry tools, and so much more are distributed throughout the mid-eastern sectors of Nicaragua. Your generosity supports people of all ages, from infants to the elderly and everyone in between. Ann Marie sends 42 18-wheel containers per year. Recently, I was dropping off some stuff and the place was packed with donated items. A week later I stopped by and all the tables and garages were empty, another shipment had been sent! Your items are being put to good use. Please feel free to drop your donations here, and I will get them where they need to go, or you can drop the items off yourself, the address is: 10100 Transit Road, East Amherst, NY 14051.

 

Upcoming Events and Shows

If you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details and we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 716-632-8801 or email us at: sewwhat@sewwhatquiltshop.com

 
Shoptoberfest 2014
When: Tuesday September 30, – Saturday, October 4, 2014.
10-7  Wednesday & Thursday,   10-5  Friday & Saturday
Where:
Auntie’s Attic- 1995 Military Rd., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304 * 716-297-3636
The Barefoot Quilter- 9005 Main St, Rushford, N.Y. 14777 * 585-437-2241
Chestnut Bay Quilting- 262 North St., Caledonia, N.Y. 14423 * 585-538-4420
Country Treasures- 61 Main St, Brockport, N.Y. * 585-637-5148
Creekside Fabrics- 237 Main St, Arcade, N.Y. 14009 * 585-492-4226
Heartland Quilt Shop- 34 Main St, Lockport, N.Y. 14094 * 716-433-3188
Marie’s Sewing Center- 6310 Robinson Rd, N.Y. 14094 * 716-464-2583
Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company- 2877 Mt. Pleasant Rd (GPS Pittsford) N.Y. * 585-243-0767
Patchwork Garden- 6281 Transit Rd, E. Amherst, N.Y. 14051 * 716-810-9088
The Quilter’s Daughter- 2817 Perry Center Rd (S.R. 246) Perry Center, N.Y. 14530 * 585-770-4926
Sew What?- 6816 Main St. Amherst, N.Y. 14221 * 716-632-8802
Morning Star Quilt Guild presents
A Harvest of Quilts – Eight
When: Friday, October 10, 2014 and Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 374 Main St., (Corner of Maple) East Aurora, N.Y.
Hours: Friday, October 10, 2014 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturday, October 11, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM
Cost: $5.00
River Lea Quilters Guild presents
River Lea Inspirations
When: Saturday, October 25 – Sunday October 26, 2014
Where: 100 Whitehaven Rd., GrandIsland, N.Y.
Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
Cost: $5.00
For more information, contact Susan Miles – 773-4304

Museum Quilt Guild of Batavia presents:
Stitches in Time Quilt Show 2014
Friday October 17th 10-6pm; Saturday October 18 10-5pm
Alexander Fireman’s Hall
10718 Alexander Rd (rte 98)
Alexander NY 14005
Admission $5
For more information, visit www.museumquiltguild.com

Quilter’s of Crittenden present:
Sew Angelic and Pieceful Quilt Show and Raffle
October 17-18, 2014
9-4pm
Crittenden Presbyterian Church
3320 Crittenden Rd Alden
Admission $5

 

Quilter of the Month

Our Quilter of the Month for October is Jerry Frieday. Jerry started sewing at age 14, and with Mom’s help, went on to make most of her own clothing throughout her teenage years, and into adulthood. Jerry’s mom was an expert and admirable tailor, working for Teglers and Ceil’s Bridal making bridal gowns, often with no pattern. She inspired Jerry to make her own bridal gown nearly 40 years ago. Jerry was so enthusiastic, she took a tailoring class shortly after her wedding. She soon made her new husband a sport coat lined with fabric which she also used to make a matching vest and tie. Around the same time, Jerry decided to try her hand at quilting, so she purchases a spiral bound Eleanor Burns’ Quilt a Day in book and went to town on a Log Cabin Quilt.

Jerry never thought of continuing to quilt until a friend introduced her to a “Block of the Month” at Hancock Fabrics in 2002. Jerry became hooked and continued with the ‘Block of the Month” until Hancock Fabrics closed in 2006. In 2005, Jerry took a “Stack and Whack” class here at Sew What? and made a quilt for a dear friend. “Stack and Whack” quilts are addictive, you know, so before long Jerry had made 6 of them, one of which she actually kept for herself!

Over the years, Jerry has collected many patterns and books, and has taken lots of classes to improve her quilting and broaden her creative horizons. She enjoys many of the different styles of patterns and color palettes. She has, however, developed quite a passion for paper piecing and raw edge appliqué. Jerry likes to search online for patterns, and to her joy, has found many companies publish patterns that are FREE!!! In addition to quilting, Jerry also has made many counted cross stitch pieces over the years. Her husband recently repainted her sewing room, and dedicated an entire wall to the blue ribbons Jerry has earned in different fairs and shows.

As Quilter of the Month, anyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques. We are blessed to have such a wonderful supportive quilting community in our area, and everyone’s tastes are so different, they are lots of fun for people to see. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advanced, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.

 

Quilting Assistance

Just when you think your project is well in hand, you suddenly hit an obstacle. This obstacle could be anything from corners not being perfect to wavy borders, a binding issue, or a frantic “I lost the directions!” moment. Instead of panicking, why not call Sew What? We have a Tuesday Help Class that is only $10.00. Some people are coming in with projects they started many long years ago, and have no idea what they are supposed to do next. With a little determination, before long, these people are proudly displaying a finished project! Or if Tuesdays are not good for you, we will be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience and help to solve the problem. Don’t hesitate to call for help if you are apprehensive about a pattern – a private class might be just what you need.

 

Don’t forget if you have an event, show, or guild meeting you’d like to share with our newsletter subscribers, give us a call, or email us the details we will include it in the next newsletter. You can reach us at 632-8801 or sewwhat@sewwhat.com.